Assam Begins Targeted Surveillance Program, Will Conduct 50,000 Random Tests In 10 Days

The state plans to randomly test employees and labourers at truck parking lots and unloading bays including, frontline healthcare and police staff, and workers at government quarantine centres.

Assam   |   17 Jun 2020 12:15 PM GMT
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Assam Begins Targeted Surveillance Program, Will Conduct  50,000 Random Tests In 10 Days

In the wake of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state, the Assam government began the Assam Targeted Surveillance Program (ATSP) in all districts from June 17. The program will randomly test people working in truck parking lots and unloading bays; frontline district administrative, police and health officials; and family members of those who have been released from institutional quarantine.

Under this program, over 50,000 random testings will be conducted in 10 days time till June 27.

"As a #crucial step towards combating #COVID19 effectively in the state, Assam Health Department is launching an Assam Targeted Surveillance Program (#ATSP) from 17th June, 20. We aim to conduct more than 50,000 random testings in a week's time, targeting vulnerable areas," Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in a tweet.

Under this program, all staff, employees and labourers at truck parking lots and unloading bays including railway goods yard and godown will be screened and randomly tested. Frontline officials including healthcare staff, police personnel, transport department, and administrative officials will also be screened and tested. Hotel staff, including receptionists and cleaners, in those hotels which are being as government quarantine centres, will also be included under the program.

Furthermore, the screening and random sample collection shall be done among the family members/co-residents of persons who have been released from institutional quarantine.

"In order to facilitate people to get themselves tested, in case required, without having to visit hospitals, we have decided to open the following health facilities where swab collection for #COVID-19 will be done Free of Cost," Sarma said.

In each district, the Deputy Commissioners have been tasked with preparing a micro-plan for the screening and testing in consultation with the concerned Superintendent of Police, heads of offices, hotel associations, etc. and submit the same to the Mission Director of the National Health Mission in Assam by June 16. The DCs are also required to ensure the availability of an adequate number of laboratory technicians, data entry operators, etc for the program.

Assam has so far reported 4,511 cases of COVID-19, of which, 2,412 have recovered and 8 have succumbed to the virus.

Also Read: Rajasthan To Rescue Border States, Offers To Conduct 5,000 COVID-19 Test Daily For Delhi, 5 Others

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